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Posted on Wed, 05/08/2013 - 17:14
In the training industry the word virtual trainer is often used loosely. Some refer to the narrator as a virtual trainer and some see virtual trainers as actual people training online. But what does it mean to have a virtual trainer in an eLearning project according to Designing Digitally, Inc.? I know you all are very eager to hear our explanation, so let’s get started.
In the realm of eLearning development, Designing Digitally, Inc. views the virtual trainer as a reliable replacement for the Instructor Lead Training (ILT) you will currently find in most classrooms. Often with ILT, lessons are planned consistently, but rarely delivered as planned. By using a real live instructor, there will be variables regarding how well the experience went for each individual. Much of ILT is dependant on the instructors themselves. Each learning experience will be determined by the instructor’s effectiveness in the classroom, their delivery of the lesson and their personal health and mood. These variables can lower the learning experience of each person in the classroom if the instructor is sick, grumpy or late to class.
By using virtual trainers within eLearning Designing Digitally, Inc. those variables and inconsistencies are blasted away. The virtual trainer will be there to present information, and guide you through the learning experience just as an instructor would, but without human error. The virtual trainer will never get sick, never get tired, and will never be in a bad mood. The virtual trainer is designed within the eLearning environment using 2D or 3D animations and Artificial Intelligence (AI), providing dynamics to the virtual trainer never used before in our industry.
The virtual trainer within the programs created by Designing Digitally, Inc. not only presents information, they determine what you have done right or wrong and suggests the best strategy to move forward in the learning experience. This is not an easily created linear eLearning program. Our complex systems such as serious games and training simulations incorporate AI technology to ensure it’s not the simple “hints and tips” brand of virtual training. AI technology provides a more true to life training experience using decision making capabilities to determine what the virtual trainer will do next based on your decisions.
In conclusion, we’re not stating ILT is being replaced by our virtual training systems we build into eLearning. What we are stating is that you can have a development created with a complex AI driven virtual trainer that will never get tired, or have a bad day. This will keep the learning consistent for each and every learner throughout the organization. Overall, we are not suggesting the virtual training systems we build into eLearning are replacing ILT. We are simply stating you can have a program created using a complex AI driven virtual trainer that will never get sick, tired, or have a bad day, thus maintaining a consistent learning experience for every learner throughout an organization.